Blood is a vital and limited health care resource.

Inappropriate transfusion practices are common in hospitals. Not only does this put significant strains on Canada’s blood supply, but it also exposes patients to potential harm.

Using Blood Wisely is a national campaign to decrease inappropriate red blood cell transfusion practices in Canada.

Is your hospital using blood wisely?

Choosing Wisely Canada, Canadian Blood Services, and clinical experts have developed national benchmarks on transfusion appropriateness.  

Take our challenge by December 1, 2020, to see how your hospital compares to benchmarks. The challenge involves conducting a spot audit of recent red blood cell transfusions in your hospital.

  • Meet benchmarks? Get designated as a “Using Blood Wisely Hospital” and recognized nationally.
  • Not quite there yet? Enrol in a quality improvement initiative proven to reduce inappropriate transfusions and qualify for designation upon meeting the benchmarks.
Take the Challenge

Benefits of participating.

  • Receive national recognition for your efforts and become a designated Using Blood Wisely Hospital.
  • Participation in this initiative can be acknowledged as an organizational quality improvement initiative by Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum Program.

Upcoming Webinars

Using Blood Wisely: 2021 Updates

Join us for the first Using Blood Wisely webinar of 2021 on January 19 at 12 p.m. ET. Gain insights on the status of the campaign, participating hospitals, and learn more about how we can support your hospital’s efforts to reduce inappropriate red blood cell transfusions.

Whether your hospital has already signed up or interested in learning more, this webinar will provide valuable information on next steps as well as an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Register here to attend.


Need more information?

In September, Choosing Wisely Canada and Canadian Blood Services held two launch events to highlight the steps of becoming a Using Blood Wisely Hospital. You can catch a recorded version of the September 30 webinar in case you missed it:

Download our information package to help you get started.

Using Blood Wisely is organized by:

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